Fenerbahce SLAM reports that Mesut Ozil is refusing to play for the club over unpaid wages as ‘fake news’… with the former Arsenal midfielder missing for over six weeks for the Turkish side
- Mesut Ozil hasn’t played for Fenerbahçe since mid-January due to a back injury
- A Turkish broadcaster suggested the midfielder was on strike over unpaid wages
- Fenerbahce furiously denied the claim, calling the rumor ‘fake news’
- The club are over £312million in debt and are under tight financial constraints
Fenerbahce have furiously denied that Mesut Ozil is refusing to play for the club due to unpaid wages, calling reports about it ‘fake news’.
Turkish broadcaster Volkan Demir has hinted on A Spor TV channel that the former Arsenal midfielder has gone on strike over not being paid.
Ozil has not featured for Fenerbahce since January 19, missing the last seven matches in all competitions with a back injury.
Mesut Ozil has not played for Fenerbahce since January 19, missing seven matches in total
Following the claim that the real reason behind the German’s absence was salary-related, the Turkish Super Lig side released a strongly worded statement to refute the idea.
“The news that Mesut Ozil didn’t play because his debts to the club weren’t paid has nothing to do with the facts,” the club said.
“As we have often experienced, this kind of fake news created completely randomly without being confirmed by any official of our club exceeds our limit of tolerance.
The 33-year-old midfielder is on a reported salary of just under £3.5m-a-year in Turkey
“Despite the difficult economic conditions at Fenerbahce, payments have been made on time so far.
“We invite Volkan Demir, who announced this news, to correct his comment and apologize. Otherwise, we specify that our club will not be able to participate in any organization or structure that it hosts.
Fenerbahce currently have a debt of over £312million and have been placed under strict financial constraints by UEFA.
Fenerbahce is over £312m in debt and is under strict financial constraints by UEFA
They signed Ozil on a free transfer from Arsenal in January 2021 but it has been reported that the midfielder will earn just under £3.5million a year in Turkey.
Spanish outlet Diario AS claimed last September that the 33-year-old was unhappy with Fenerbahce and wanted to leave the club.
Ozil has made 23 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring eight goals. Fenerbahce are currently fourth in the Super Lig – 20 points behind leaders Trabzonspor – and were knocked out of the Europa Conference League by Slavia Prague last month.